Published: Sun, October 20, 2019
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

Jared Leto Allegedly Tried To Shut Down Todd Phillips' New 'Joker' Movie

Jared Leto Allegedly Tried To Shut Down Todd Phillips' New 'Joker' Movie

Following the release of the Joaquin Phoenix Joker movie, it is now being said that Jared Leto tried to kill the flick and is likely done as his version of the Clown Prince of Crime.

Previously it was said that Jared Leto was alienated and upset by the decision to go with the Joaquin Phoenix Joker movie, but now it is learned that Leto went so far as to try and get it stopped from getting made. Even if you think Leto's Joker was ridiculous (and it was!), it's easy to see why he might be upset. "But if the Joker isn't in the film, I don't think it would be odd as he isn't a part of the Suicide Squad in the comics".

Despite his apparent unhappiness at Todd Phillips' Joker being given the go-ahead, The Hollywood Reporters add that "Leto's representative says the actor is still happily working with Warner Bros. and notes that he's now shooting John Lee Hancock's Little Things, starring alongside Rami Malek and Denzel Washington, at the studio".

Leto, 47, who played the psychopathic villain in "Suicide Squad", complained about the film to his agents, who also represent "Joker" director Todd Phillips, according to the Hollywood Reporter, who cited sources.

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The Hollywood Reporter have sources that say that Leto tried to get his then-music manager, Irving Azoff, to call the head of Warner Bros' parent company to get the movie canned.

Leto's role in Suicide Squad ended up cut to about ten minutes of screentime, the actor telling media in 2016 that he hopes his deleted scenes will at some point "see the light of day".

A Leto source said that the Joker movie had nothing to do with his change in agents.

A source from Leto's side denied the rumour. Instead, Robbie's Harley got spun off on her own in Birds of Prey, and the solo Joker film became Todd Phillips' dark psychological study of a man on the edge. "It kind of ends his Joker run".

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